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Survey Finds 53% Of Americans Are Scaling Back, Forgoing Holiday Traditions Because Of Health Care Costs

On its website, CBS News (12/11, Cerullo) reports “real health care costs – not a fictional Grinch – are taking away holiday cheer from more than half of Americans.” A survey conducted by Aflac found 53 percent of respondents “say health care bills have eaten into money they would have otherwise spent celebrating the season.” Participants are “cutting back on – or forgoing altogether – traditions like gift-giving and travel.” In addition, “they’re borrowing money from friends or relatives and working extra hours, just to keep themselves healthy.”

        Dentists can refer patients to MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for information on finding and paying for dental care.

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